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The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.



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Marga Gomez and Monica Palacios at the Valencia Rose, circa 1985. This is the first of a three-night run of their sketch comedy show, which is part of the "Festival of the Rose." This may be their "Comedy Fiesta." Sketches feature other lesbian comedians. They include "the second annual conference on the Latin American woman or, as we call her, "'Mujer!'" and Lesbian bandstand. Before they take the stage, there is footage of a stage set for what looks like a...
Topics: Gómez, Marga (Entertainer), Palacios, Mónica, Lesbians, Comedy sketches, Latinx people
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This show at the Valencia Rose begins with the Vocal Minority, who do highlights from "Kidstuff," which played at the venue in March. It is followed by excerpts from a new show, "Sneak Preview," a tribute to song and dance movies of the 1930s, which is a collaboration between the San Francisco Tap Troupe and the Vocal Minority. "Sneak Preview" was scheduled to open in July at the Victoria Theater, also in the Mission District. From the Dirk Alphin collection of...
Topics: Dance, Tap dancers, Music, Vocal groups, Gay Men, Lesbians
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Footage of choreographer John Bernd's solo experimental performance work, "Monkey Go West" and Tom Ammiano and Doug Hosclaw's show "2 Queens in Search of a Motif" at the Valencia Rose, circa June 1985. Footage of Bernd's work includes rehearsal and film of the actual performance; footage of "2 Queens" includes setting up the stage. There is also footage of patrons ordering concessions at the café. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Holsclaw, Doug, Gay Men, Comedy sketches, Performance art, Bernd, John
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Stand-up comedy from schoolteacher and political activist, Tom Ammiano at the Valencia Rose, circa 1985. Includes home movie footage from his childhood. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Gay men, Stand-up comedy, Amateur films
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Gay Comedy Extravaganza at the Valencia Rose, with MC Suzy Berger, Marga Gomez, Kelly Kittel, Monica Palacios, Leora Eisenberg, Mario Mondelli, Linda Maukes, Karen Ripley, Danny Williams, Doug Holsclaw, and Laurie Bushman, June 1985. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and...
Topics: Holsclaw, Doug, Moakes, Linda, Palacios, Monica, Ripley, Karen, Stand-up comedy, Lesbians, Gay Men,...
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Circa 1985. Some interior shots [of the Valencia Rose?]; queer revelers in the BART station, heading downtown to a Pride parade; footage of Market Street, the parade, and the crowd. Definitely no later than 1986. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of...
Topic: Pride parades
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Stand-up comedy with Tom Ammiano, Doug Holsclaw, and Karen Ripley at the Valencia Rose, June 1985. There is footage of the café, the gallery, and other building interiors, and [Alan] working behind the counter and talking to Ron Lanza. Also includes film of Michael Polakoff, Laurie Bushman, Elliot Pilshaw, and Ruth Jovel rehearsing and getting ready backstage for the "Ten Percent Revue," and crowds arriving and purchasing concessions before the show. From the Dirk Alphin collection...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Holsclaw, Doug, Pilshaw, Elliot, Stand-up comedy, Gay Men, Lesbians, Popular music --...
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Mothertongue Readers' Theater at the Valencia Rose, circa 1985. Probably their script about women's sexuality, "Did You Come or Fake It?" From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in...
Topics: Mothertongue Readers' Theater, Feminism., Sex.
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Excerpt of a show at the Valencia Rose, with Mario Mondelli, Marga Gomez, and Linda Moakes, circa 1985. May be part of the closing night because other comedians join these stands ups on stage at the end. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from...
Topics: Gomez, Marga, Moakes, Linda, Stand-up comedy, Lesbians, Gay Men, Latinx people
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Tom Ammiano and Doug Holsclaw set up the stage and perform comedy sketches in their two-man show, "2 Queens in Search of a Motif" at the Valencia Rose. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Holsclaw, Doug, Gay men, Comedy sketches
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Gay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose, with Mario Mondelli, Marga Gomez, and MC Suzy Berger, 1985. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the...
Topics: Gómez, Marga (Entertainer), Stand-up comedy, Lesbians, Gay Men, Latinx people
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"Ten Percent Revue" at the Valencia Rose, June 1985. Tom Wilson Weinberg's musical comedy starred Michael Polakoff, Laurie Bushman, Elliot Pilshaw, and Ruth Jovel. Magdalen Luecke provided piano accompaniment. Includes footage of audience members filing in. There is also B-roll footage of comedian Danny Williams and part of a set by Tom Ammiano. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Stand-up comedy, Gay Men, Lesbians, Popular music -- 1981-1990, musical theater.
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Part of a performance of the "Ten Percent Revue" at the Valencia Rose, circa June 1985. Tom Wilson Weinberg's musical comedy starred Michael Polakoff, Laurie Bushman, Elliot Pilshaw, and Ruth Jovel. Magdalen Luecke provided piano accompaniment. There is also footage of the cast rehearsing and chatting backstage, footage of an upstairs office and bathroom, stairs, and a cat, as well as scenes of what can be seen outside the building. You can see people sitting in front of New College...
Topics: Gay Men, Lesbians, Popular music -- 1981-1990, musical theater, Mission District (San Francisco,...
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Gay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose, with Ken Crow, Linda Moakes, and MC Suzy Berger, June 13, 1985. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the...
Topics: Moakes, Linda, Stand-up comedy, Gay Men, Lesbians, People with disabilities.
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José Sarria performs at the Valencia Rose with his long-time accompanist, pianist James "Hazel" McGinnis, circa 1983. Includes songs and parts of comic operas Sarria performed at the Black Cat in North Beach in the early 1960s. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education...
Topics: Sarria, José, Black Cat Café (San Francisco, Calif.), Latinx people, Gay men, Drag
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Stand-up comedy with Tom Ammiano, Monica Palacios, and Danny Williams at the Valencia Rose. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S....
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, Stand-up comedy, Latinx people, Gay men, Women
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Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band at the Valencia Rose, circa 1984. Bandleader introduces each song. Two sets. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of...
Topics: Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band, Ragtime
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Comedian Scott Capurro at Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, January/February 1991. Includes parts of several different stand-up sets. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and...
Topics: Capurro, Scott, Stand-up comedy, Gay Men
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Lea DeLaria and Jeanine Stroebel, with opening act, Alec Mapa, at the Valencia Rose, circa 1985. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, San Francisco CA. Copyright protected. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S....
Topics: DeLaria, Lea, Mapa, Alec, Stand-up comedy, Comedy sketches, Music, Filipino Americans.
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Valencia Rose closed its doors on November 30, 1985. To say goodbye and celebrate, the club featured sets from comedians who had performed at the Rose over the years. Those featured here are Doug Holsclaw, Monica Palacios, Lea DeLaria and Jeanine Strobel, Laurie Bushman, Danny Williams, Suzy Berger, Tom Ammiano, Leora Eisenberg, Karen Ripley, Kelly Kittel, and Mario Mondelli. From the Dirk Alphin collection of Valencia Rose videotapes (2014-06), GLBT Historical Society Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian,...
Topics: Ammiano, Tom, DeLaria, Lea, Holsclaw, Doug, Palacios, Monica, Ripley, Karen, Stand-up comedy,...